When clowns ask me
What’s the difference between Clown White Lite and Clown White?
I always reply
Ready for the REAL answer?
Both products are what we call “greasepaint” or “creme makeup” or “pancake makeup”. This stuff is not water-soluble. If you use greasepaint, you will need to set it with powder and then a good make-up remover to get it off your skin.
The great part about clown greasepaint is, once powdered with baby powder or other types of theatrical powders, the wear-ability is great! Clown makeup should hold up to sweat, water, and heat. Properly powdered greasepaint will not rub off on clothes or wigs or kids unless you get really sweaty.
Mehron Clown White is a Petrolatum and Mineral Oil based product. These are its main ingredients.
It is a stiff cream that works best when warmed up on the palm of your hand before you apply it to your face. It is a great product for a whiteface clown. If you have darker skin it will cover very well.
Personally it is my make-up of choice for white-face clowns unless you have watery eyes or sweat a lot (more about that later).
Most folks have terrific clown makeup results with this product. This is the original formula that has been used since 1927.
Why did Mehron bother with Clown White Lite?
Performers wanted a smoother whipped-up greasepaint, so Mehron’s chemists and researchers developed a formula using Lanolin and Ozokerite/Synthetic Wax.
It is creamier and goes on easier with less warming. However, because it is “greasier”, you have to work a bit more to get any smears or fingerprints out of the white.
While that makes it not a great choice for Whiteface clowns, it makes it perfectly acceptable for performers who have smaller patches of white on their faces such as European character clowns, August, Lite Auguste, and Tramp/Hobo faces.
Both products come highly recommended, and we sell them both at Pricilla Mooseburger Originals.
My left eye started to water a couple of years ago and I had a heck of a time keeping the greasepaint on my face in the corner of that eye.
I changed over to GALA Competition White (made by Mehron for ProFACE) and put that just in the one problem area near the corner of the eye. I still use Clown White everywhere else. I had been recommending it for years to folks who sweat a lot. This product solved my problem.
Did you know that Mehron created Gala to replace the old “Apples” White that clowns loved so much? It is a wonderful substitute! Read more about this product on our website:
Whichever clown white you use, be sure to warm it up in your palm so you do not use too much.
Pat it smooth, and powder quickly so as to not allow it to crease or separate.
Always check the creases on your eyelids and around your mouth before you powder. If you powder in a crease, it is there to stay! Eek!
Helpful “how-to” makeup clown education articles:
- 4 steps to washing brushes
- When it is time to throw away or replace your makeup
- What’s best? Powder sock VS. powder puff
- How to wash off your makeup properly
- How to set greasepaint with a powder puff and setting powder
- 5 ways to keep your clown face fresh in the heat
- Makeup tip: Pat your eyes again before powdering
- What’s the difference between Clown White and Clown White Lite?
- Don’t let your clown nose glue freeze!
- How to design a Christmas elf face makeup
- 5 things you need to do before the year ends
- How do you keep track of your clown supplies?
- 10 Clown “must have” items
- Forget a clown nose? Make an instant nose tip in 10 seconds!
- Quick reminders on how to spruce up your clown supplies
- It’s time to clean and organize your makeup kit
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I think you’ll want to read these other clown makeup blog posts:
- 5 Ways to keep your clown makeup fresh
- Tips for applying greasepaint around your eyes
- What’s the best way to set your clown greasepaint with powder?
- How to properly wash off your clown greasepaint
- Latin-Inspired Eye Designs for Clowns
- Wash your make-up brushes!
- More ways to keep yourself and your clown makeup cool in hot weather
- Hand out our cards educating people what a REAL CLOWN is (free download)